Simone Biles competes at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Oct. 12, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany.
Even with the Olympic Games still several months away, gymnast Simone Biles is busy training for the Games, and at the same time working to give back to her hometown of Houston.
The holiday season is always a difficult time for people dealing with food insecurity, and that problem has only become more magnified during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Biles is using her training gym as a donation center to help out hungry people in need. The four-time Olympic gold medalist appeared on NBC’s TODAY Tuesday morning from Houston to talk more about her initiative.
“I feel like since I’m in the Houston community and they’ve given so much to me and supported me so much I feel like I have to do the same,” Biles said from Houston. “At the gym we do two food drives, we did a Thanksgiving one and a Christmas one, and we’re just trying to help and give back, it’s the season of giving and it means everything to us.”
Biles’ gym is receiving the donations, which then are turned over to the Houston Food Bank, one of the largest in the country. Anyone who donates two food items will receive a raffle ticket for an upcoming giveaway, and those who donate five items will get two tickets. It’s all to encourage as many donations as possible.
“It feels amazing to give back to my own community and my city since they’ve done so much and I just don’t want anybody to go hungry over the holidays, especially during the pandemic,” Biles said. “A lot has happened and it’s the one time that we can make everything a little bit easier on them.”